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8th Grade Current Classroom Newsletter

October 16, 2018 

Thank YOU’s!

Thank you to Bruce Apostol and Liza Peato for driving on our ASB field trip to Archbishop Murphy for the Leadership Summit.  Wow!  It was an inspiring day and a wonderful experience for all!  AMHS wants to meet with our leaders again in the Spring.  They gave our ASB incredible knowledge about what it takes to be a leader and gave them many things to think about and tools to use for implementation at St. Pius!  I can’t wait to see what this group brings to our school!


This Wednesday (10/17), Thursday (10/18) and Friday (10/19), we will be conducting our fall conferences.  It is expected that the student be present.  I ask you to please be on time for your conference.  When all are on time, our schedule is met and conference times can be utilized fully.  There will be chairs outside my classroom for you to use while waiting.  When the conference before you ends, we will open the door and invite you in.  If the conference looks like it will take more than the allotted 20-minute time period, we will schedule another time to meet.  Thank you for your cooperation!  I look forward to speaking with you about your wonderful children!

8th Grade is hosting Sunday Mass, 10/21/18 – 11am

On Sunday, 10/21, the 8th Graders will be reading, bearing gifts and singing in the choir.  Please have your 8th grader to St. Pius this Sunday by 10:45am, dressed in their full uniform! 


Please turn collected money in, if you haven’t already.  It was due Friday, 10/5.

Comfort Kits

Please send in your child’s comfort kit as soon as possible!  I have 12 students and 7 comfort kits!


As per Seattle Archdiocesan policy, educators are required to teach Touching Safety to all students twice per year; October and March.  Our Touching Safety class will happen on Tuesday, 10/23.  An opt-out form was sent home in the 10/9/18 Blue Folder.  If you do NOT want your child to be taught the Touching Safety lesson, please sign and return the form by 10/22.  If you are okay with your child being taught the Touching Safety lesson, you do not need to return the form.

Bishop Blanchet Math Competition

7th/8th graders have been invited to participate in the 45th Annual BBHS Math Competition!  The event is Saturday, 11/3/2018 from 8:45am-12:30pm.  The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 30th. A maximum of 15 students from St. Pius can attend.  I would like to take all of the 8th grade students and some of the 7th grade students.  Please check your calendars and email Mrs. Van if you would like your child to attend, Students must bring their own calculators. The contest includes three sections: written, oral, and group exams. 8th grade students are eligible for $14,000 worth of scholarships including partial tuition scholarships. $5,000 scholarship for 1st place, $3,000 scholarship for 2nd place, $2,000 scholarships for 3rd, 4th, 5th place. 7th grade award winners will receive a Certificate of Merit. Refreshments will be served to all participants as they await contest results. This event is FREE!

Museum of Flight

We will be going to the Museum of Flight on Friday, October 26th from 8:45-1pm.  We will be going on this field trip with our 7th graders.  The cost for this field trip will be $22/student.  Please make your check payable to, “St. Pius X School”.  Field Trip permission slips will be in this Tuesday Blue Folder.  Please return this field trip form with your $22 check by Wednesday, 10/17.  We still need drivers!  Please indicate if you can drive on the field trip form and THANK YOU!  I will email drivers student seat assignments, directions and instructions the week before we leave.  You will need to bring a sack lunch for yourself!

Public High School Applications

Edmonds-Woodway High School IB Program – Information night is Thursday, October 25, 6pm in their Little Theater.  Applications for their IB Program are open from October 15th through November 30th.  Please contact Mr. Quinn through his email:

Private High School Applications

It is time for your family to apply for financial assistance for high school. I spent about 3 hours working on ours this Saturday.  Once it is done, you can breathe a sigh of relief!  The deadline for financial aid applications is 12/31/2018.  Go to the Admissions page of the school to which you are applying.  There will be a “Tuition & Financial Aid” section.  You can begin an application, save and exit to return later to work on it.  If you are applying to different high schools that use the same company to process their financial aid applications, you need only complete the one application.  Let me know if you have any questions.  Or, you can call the financial aid office at the high schools with questions.

Dates to Remember:      

  • 10/23/18 - ASB Hot Cocoa Sale, Lunchtime
  • 10/24/18 - 8th Singers at Mass, 9am
  • 10/24/18 - BBHS Open House, 5:30-8pm
  • 10/25/18 - ASB Bake Sale, Lunchtime
  • 10/25/18 - Seattle Preparatory School to visit 8th graders, 9:30am
  • 10/25/18 - Edmonds-Woodway HS IB Information Night, 6pm
  • 10/26/18 – Museum of Flight Field Trip (Leave 9am, Return 1pm) 
  • 10/30/18 – Holy Names/O’Dea High School to visit 8th graders, 9:30am
  • 10/30/18 - Deadline to register for BBHS Math Competition
  • 10/31/18 – Halloween Carnival
  • 11/2/18 – Grandparent’s Day
  • 11/3/18 - BBHS Math Competition, 8:45am-12:30p
  • 11/4/18 – AMHS Open House, 2-5pm
  • 11/6/18 – Seattle Prep Open House, 6-9pm
  • 11/9/18 – Community Service Essay Due
  • 11/10/18 – Deadline to register for Placement Exam that happens beginning of December
  • 11/12/18 – No School
  • 11/14/18 - Edmonds-Woodway HS IB Information Night, 6pm
  • 11/17/18 – Annual Fund Dinner, 6:30pm
  • 11/21/18 – Noon Dismiss
  • 11/22/18 – No School, Thanksgiving
  • 11/23/18 – No School, Thanksgiving
  • 11/28/18 – 8th Grade reads at Mass, 9am
  • 11/30/18 - Deadline to register for Edmonds-Woodway IB Program
  • 11/30/18 - Private HS Transcript Request & Teacher Recommendation Request forms due to Mrs. Van


Paula Van Hollebeke

School: (425) 778-9861

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